Newell Highway Free Camping

The Newell Highway connects many major centres throughout New South Wales, traversing some of the most productive agricultural areas in Australia. From Goondiwindi in Queensland to Tocumwal on the Victorian border, the highway is a lifeblood of the outback.

It also comprises the main section of one of the two commonly used routes for road transport between Brisbane and Melbourne.
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Sandy Beach Camp MIA-1

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/sandy-beach-camp-mia-1/nsw
Sandy Beach Camp MIA-1 is a bush camp with no facilities, but a very pleasant bush camp at that.
Dry Access OnlyRough Road ConditionsFree Overnight CampToiletsMobile Phone CoverageShadeCaravansTent SiteNo PetsSwimmingRiver Fishing
  • Camping Area
  • Fishing Spot
  • National Park

Old Baan Baa School

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/old-baan-baa-school/nsw
Old Baan Baa School Camp site provides low cost camping at $5.00 per head per night. All car van and campers welcome. There is a large grass areas with some shaded areas.
Free Overnight CampCamping FeeToiletsCold ShowersHot ShowersMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesCaravansLong RigCamp TrailersTent SitePets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Camping Area

Tooraweenah Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/tooraweenah-rest-area/nsw
Tooraweenah Rest Area is a free overnighter with a bitumen drive through configuration. There are accessible toilets here.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleMobile Phone CoveragePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Narrandera Boat Ramp Brewery Flats Recreation Reserve

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/narrandera-boat-ramp-brewery-flats-recreation-reserve/nsw
Narrandera Boat Ramp Brewery Flats Recreation Reserve provides free camping for up to 3 days. The shelter was constructed by the local fishing club for day trippers and locals to picnic and BBQ, but rules have been relaxed and camping is now permitted..
Free Overnight CampMaximum 72 hrsDay Rest AreaToiletsDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBBQBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePets WelcomePublic Boat RampRiver Fishing
  • Camping Area
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Boat Ramp
  • Fishing Spot

Berembed Weir Camping Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/berembed-weir-camping-area/nsw
Berembed Weir Camping Area provides free camping on the bank of the Murrumbidgee River, with few amenities. Enjoy fishing and bushwalking.
Dry Access OnlyFree Overnight CampToiletsShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePets WelcomeFishing SpotWalking
  • Camping Area
  • Fishing Spot

Daroobalgie Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/daroobalgie-rest-area/nsw
Daroobalgie Rest Area is a long level sealed rest area on the Newell Highway north of Forbes. There are bins and limited shade.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageShadeBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Day Use Area
  • Overnight Rest Area

Forbes South Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/forbes-south-rest-area/nsw
Forbes South Rest Area is a large sealed drive through rest area with a level surface and multiple lanes. There is good shade here and a pleasant rural setting.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageShadeBinCaravansLong RigCamp TrailersTent SitePets Welcome
  • Day Use Area
  • Overnight Rest Area

Bundaburrah North Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/bundaburrah-north-rest-area/nsw
Bundaburrah North Rest Area is a long sealed drive through rest area also used by trucks. There are bins, but no other facilities.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageShadeBinCaravansLong RigCamp TrailersTent SitePets Welcome
  • Day Use Area
  • Overnight Rest Area

Bundaburra Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/bundaburra-rest-area/nsw
Bundaburra Rest Area is a large sealed drive through rest area with a level surface, in a pleasant rural setting. There is a sheltered picnic table, bins and a little shade.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Marsden Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/marsden-rest-area/nsw
Marsden Rest Area is a long strip of bitumen from the old highway that runs adjacent to the present highway. This is a free overnighter with plenty of room and accessible toilets. You can find shade along the northern end at the cul-de-sac.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Beckom Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/beckom-rest-area/nsw
Beckom Rest Area is a large sealed rest area with 2 individual lanes. There is plenty of room for large rigs and trucks.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

BP Roadhouse Beckom Camping Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/bp-roadhouse-beckom-camping-area/nsw
BP Roadhouse Beckom Camping Area provides free unpowered camping with no shower or, for a fee there is power and showers available.
Free Overnight CampCamping FeeDay Rest AreaToiletsShowersMobile Phone CoverageBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePets WelcomeMealsTakeaway FoodCoffee & TeaCold DrinksIceLPG RefillsUnleaded Petrol BowserPremium Petrol BowserDiesel Bowser
  • Camping Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Service Station
  • Roadhouse
  • Fuel Available
  • Kiosk
  • Cafe
  • Takeaway Food

Tookeys Creek Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/tookeys-creek-rest-area/nsw
Tookeys Creek Rest Area is a roomy bitumen rest area just off the highway with clean toilets, picnic tables and bins.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsNon Drinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Rocky Creek Narrabri Glacial Camping Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/rocky-creek-narrabri-glacial-camping-area/nsw
Rocky Creek Narrabri Glacial Camping Area is a small, rough camping area beside a beautiful flowing creek. The area is well shaded by trees and there are plenty of swimming holes in the creek which flows down over rapids and is always clean.
Free Overnight CampToiletsMobile Phone CoverageShadeFire PlaceCaravansTent SitePets WelcomeSwimmingWalkingPhoto Opportunity
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Camping Area

Finley Beach Camping Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/finley-beach-camping-area/nsw
Finley Beach is a popular camping area, with level sandy campsites on a stretch of the Murray River that is easy to access for boating, swimming and fishing.
Dry Access OnlyFree Overnight CampMobile Phone CoverageShadeCaravansTent SitePets WelcomeSwimmingRiver FishingPhoto OpportunityWalkingCanoeing Kayaking
  • Camping Area
  • Fishing Spot

Tongaboo Northbound Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/tongaboo-northbound-rest-area/nsw
Tongaboo Northbound Rest Area is a bitumen drivethrough rest area on the Newell Highway, about 7km north of Finely. It is used by trucks.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Tongaboo Southbound Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/tongaboo-southbound-rest-area/nsw
Tongaboo Southbound Rest Area is a bitumen drivethrough rest area on the Newell Highway, about 7km north of Finely. It is used by trucks.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Jerilderie South Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/jerilderie-south-rest-area/nsw
Jerilderie South Rest Area is a bitumen drive through rest area about 7km south of Jerilderie on the Newell Highway. There is a picnic table and a bin, but no toilet.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Billabong Creek Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/billabong-creek-rest-area/nsw
Billabong Creek Rest Area is a pleasant spot on the edge of town. The ground is not level and there are no toilets. It is a popular swimming hole for the locals and visitors alike.
Dry Access OnlyFree Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageShadeBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePets WelcomeSwimming
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Yanco Creek Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/yanco-creek-rest-area/nsw
Yanco Creek Rest Area is a free overnight rest area in a large, mainly level gravel area with good shade available. There is plenty of room for large rigs in this drive through configuration beside Yanco Creek.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaShadeCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Five Mile Reserve Camping Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/five-mile-reserve-camping-area/nsw
Five Mile Reserve Camping Area is in a very pleasant location beside a lagoon connected to the Murrumbidgee River, with a small sandy beach.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsShadeCaravansLong RigTent SitePets WelcomeBinSwimmingPublic Boat RampRiver FishingBird WatchingWalkingPhoto OpportunityCanoeing Kayaking
  • Camping Area
  • Fishing Spot
  • Boat Ramp

Grong Grong Park Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/grong-grong-park-rest-area/nsw
Clean toilets and drinking water. Small shop/Post office adjacent with food and drinks.
Free Overnight CampMaximum 24 hrsDay Rest AreaToiletsHot ShowersDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoveragePublic PhonePicnic TablesBBQBinCaravansLong RigPets WelcomeTakeaway FoodCoffee & TeaCold DrinksPost Box
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Takeaway Food

Brocklehurst Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/brocklehurst-rest-area/nsw
Brocklehurst Rest Area is a very large bluemetal and completely level rest area on the Newell Highway just north of Dubbo. There are picnic tables and bins, but no toilets. Plenty of space to land a jumbo jet.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Dubbo South Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/dubbo-south-rest-area/nsw
Dubbo South Rest Area is a bitumen surface drive through rest area 14km south of Dubbo on the Newell Highway. The ground is slightly sloping but shouldn't be a problem. There is plenty of room here for large rigs.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Wheogo Park Forbes Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/wheogo-park-forbes-rest-area/nsw
Whego Park Forbes Rest Area is an overnighter for self contained vehicles between Junction Street and Lake Forbes on the Lachlan River. Enjoy this spot for up to 48 hours.
Free Overnight CampMaximum 48 hrsDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageShadeBinCaravansLong RigPets WelcomeRiver FishingWalking
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Fishing Spot

Currajong Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/currajong-rest-area/nsw
Currajong Rest Area is a large bitumen roadside rest area on the Newell Highway, on the northern edge of Parkes northbound. The area is also a truckstop. Heavy traffic noise affects this rest area.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleMobile Phone CoveragePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Bumberry Ridge Parking Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/bumberry-ridge-parking-area/nsw
Bumberry Ridge Parking Area is a gravel patch at the entrance to the Bumberry Ridge Trail in the Goobang National Park. There are no facilities here whatsoever and little shade.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageCaravansLong RigPets WelcomeWalking
  • Day Use Area
  • Overnight Rest Area

Terramungamine Reserve

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/terramungamine-reserve/nsw
Terramungamine Reserve is a good campspot that has now been reduced by council to an overnight stay only. Flushing toilets but no potable water.
Free Overnight CampMaximum 24 hrsToiletsMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceBBQBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area

Gil Gil Creek North Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/gil-gil-creek-north-rest-area/nsw
Gil Gil Creek North Rest Area is a pleasant place to stop, with level ground and located a reasonable distance from the highway. There are nice views over farmland.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageShadeBinCaravansLong RigPets WelcomeInformation Board
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Information

North Star Road Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/north-star-road-rest-area/nsw
North Star Road Rest Area is a useful overnighter on the road between Moree and Goondiwindi. It has plenty of room so you can move back from the highway to avoid traffic noise.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsShadeBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Ardlethan Community Park

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/ardlethan-community-park/nsw
Ardlethan Community Park is a pleasant rest area with a cafe and shops opposite in the main street and toilets within the park.
Free Overnight CampMaximum 72 hrsDay Rest AreaDriver ReviverToiletsDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoveragePublic PhoneShadeBBQBinCaravansLong RigPowerPets Welcome
  • Day Use Area
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Children's Play Facility

Apex Beach Camping Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/apex-beach-camping-area/nsw
Apex Beach Camping Area is on the inside of a bend in the Murray River with a large sand area with a gradual sloping water edge. The river flows quickly and is OK for medium to strong swimmers.
Dry Access OnlyFree Overnight CampMobile Phone CoverageShadeCaravansTent SitePets WelcomeSwimmingRiver FishingPhoto Opportunity
  • Camping Area
  • Fishing Spot

Bundure Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/bundure-rest-area/nsw
Bundure Rest Area has easy access – not too close to highway so reasonbale protections from noise. Lots of shade and clean toilets.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleNon Drinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Sandside Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/sandside-rest-area/nsw
Sandside Rest Area on the southern side of the Newell Highway is a bitumen drive-through and has a well signed entrance so it is easy to see. It is right next to highway so could be a bit noisy at night.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleNon Drinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Bohena Creek Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/bohena-creek-rest-area/nsw
Bohena Creek Rest Area is a nice spot just off highway, which has a new toilet block and picnic tables with shelter. Drive in and out for large rigs, turning lane off highway on eastern side.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Yamminba Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/yamminba-rest-area/nsw
Yamminba Rest Area is a nice clean stop with a new toilet block and covered picnic tables. Drive in drive out good for large rigs.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Gowan North Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/gowan-north-rest-area/nsw
Gowan North Rest Area has a drive through configuration and is also used by trucks.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Mirrool Royal Hotel Camping Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/mirrool-royal-hotel-camping-area/nsw
Free camping is available at the Mirrool Royal Hotel and caravans are welcome. Simply call in to the Hotel and let us know of your arrival. Drop in for a chat, a drink or a meal and experience true country hotel style hospitality.
Free Overnight CampCamping FeeToiletsAccessibleDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoveragePublic PhonePicnic TablesBBQBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePowerPets WelcomeMealsCoffee & TeaCold Drinks
  • Camping Area
  • Sit Down Meals
  • Alcohol Licence

Edgeroi Fuel Shop

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/edgeroi-fuel-shop/nsw
The great thing about a small town is that you can get everything you need at one place. This is particularly nice when the owners of that place are nice people.
Takeaway FoodCoffee & TeaCold DrinksUnleaded Petrol BowserToiletsDiesel BowserPremium Petrol BowserShadePicnic TablesIceMobile Phone CoveragePost BoxBinLPG SwapCaravansLong RigHose Attachment TapLPG RefillsFree Overnight CampPets WelcomeNo FiresNo Tents
  • Service Station
  • Fuel Available
  • Kiosk
  • Convenience Store
  • Cafe

Boolooroo Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/boolooroo-rest-area/nsw
Boolooroo Rest Area is a large drive through rest area with bitumen surface suitable for any size rig.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Pilliga Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/pilliga-rest-area/nsw
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Yarraman Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/yarraman-rest-area/nsw
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsMobile Phone CoveragePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Woolarbrar Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/woolarbrar-rest-area/nsw
Woolarbrar Rest Area is a small drive-through free overnighter sandwiched between the railway line and the highway. It is suitable for large rigs and has a toilet, bins and a covered picnic table.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsNon Drinking WaterMobile Phone CoveragePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Kinga Bore Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/kinga-bore-rest-area/nsw
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Lyndabale Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/lyndabale-rest-area/nsw
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Marthaguy Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/marthaguy-rest-area/nsw
Marthaguy Rest Area is a long, drive through free overnighter with no amenities. One way traffic within the rest area which extends for about 450m in length. No useful shade.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoveragePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Toomingley South Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/toomingley-south-rest-area/nsw
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Telleraga Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/telleraga-rest-area/nsw
The Telleraga Rest Area is a free overnighter with a level gravel surface and good shade. It has accessible toilets and a picnic table. There is plenty of room here for any size rig.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Toomingley North Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/toomingley-north-rest-area/nsw
Toomingley North Rest Area is a drive through overnight rest area, just off the Newell Highway between Wellington and Dubbo.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Grong Grong Royal Hotel Camping Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/grong-grong-royal-hotel-camping-area/nsw
Grong Grong Royal Hotel is on Ganmain Road, just a short distance from the junction with the Newell Highway and across the railway line from the town.
Free Overnight CampToiletsShowersDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageBinCaravansLong RigPets WelcomeCoffee & TeaCold DrinksMeals
  • Camping Area
  • Sit Down Meals
  • Alcohol Licence

Gillenbah South Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/gillenbah-south-rest-area/nsw
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleNon Drinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Ardlethan Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/ardlethan-rest-area/nsw
Ardlethan Rest Area is a large sealed rest area on either side of the Newell Highway. There are accessible toilets and picnic tables.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleNon Drinking WaterMobile Phone CoveragePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
Starting at Goondiwindi, in Queensland on the border with New South Wales, the Newell Highway travels south across the fertile agricultural land of North Western NSW, through the regional centres of Moree, Narrabri and Coonabarabran.

This area is where much of Australia's cotton is grown, with plentiful warm sunshine and rich soil. Moree is renowned for its thermal springs, which come from the underground artesian basin.

Between Narrabri and Coonabarabran, the highway passes through the Pilliga Forest. A unique habitat of open, semi arid bushland and sandy soils. There are at least 900 plant species here, supporting 40 native mammals, 50 reptiles and a dozen or more frog species.

There are also rumours of the Pilliga Yowie living in this area.

Gilgandra and Dubbo occupy the Western Plains, where wool production and tourism are the main industries.

Dubbo is renowned for being the home of the Western Plains Zoo, which is part of the Taronga Zoo in Sydney. Here, the wild animals of Africa roam in an open environment, providing visitors a unique opportunity to observe them in a close to natural habitat.

Further south along the Newell Highway is the city of Parkes, named after Sir Henry Parkes, known as the Father of Federation. He was one of the early advocates of the creation of a Federal Government system in Australia.

The Transcontinental Railway passes through Parkes. The town is also famous for its role in transmitting TV pictures back to earth from the first moon landing in 1969, when Neil Armstrong set foot on that far away place. Subsequently the movie The Dish, was set in this town.

Forbes is a town with an interesting history, having attracted an early influx of people when gold was found here in 1861. Among those buried in Forbes cemetery are Kat Kelly, sister of bushranger Ned Kelly and the bushranger Ben Hall, who was shot not far from this town. Kate Kelly drowned while attempting to save a child in the lake.

Further south-west, the town of West Wyalong is at the crossroads of the Newell Highway, being a major route from Brisbane to Melbourne and the Mid Western Highway which is a major route from Sydney to Adelaide.

Narrandera is an important centre located on the Murrumbidgee River. From here to the Murray we are in the MIA, or Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area, a region rich in production of stone fruit, grapes, cotton, sheep and cattle. The MIA is irrigated from the Murrumbidgee and the Murray Rivers through a system of irrigation channels, which criss cross their way across the country like miniature rivers, bring water and wealth to this sundrenched land.

The highway continues down through the MIA to Jerilderie, Finley and finally to Tocumwal on the Murray River.

From Goondiwindi to Tocumwal, the highway has covered 1,062km from north to south. The route to Melbourne continues from Tocumwal on the Goulburn Valley Highway. The total journey from Brisbane to Melbourne, taking the route that includes the Newell Highway, is 1,680km.
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